WO2006120491A1 - System, method and device for managing public utility fluids - Google Patents

System, method and device for managing public utility fluids

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WO2006120491A1
WO2006120491A1 PCT/IB2005/001238 IB2005001238W WO2006120491A1 WO 2006120491 A1 WO2006120491 A1 WO 2006120491A1 IB 2005001238 W IB2005001238 W IB 2005001238W WO 2006120491 A1 WO2006120491 A1 WO 2006120491A1
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management
control
user
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French (fr)
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Edwin Alexander Montoya
Carlos Alberto Puentes
Alejandro Gomez
Jorge Mario Carvajal
Oscar Valencia
Sergio Rincon
Ricardo Alonso Pineda
Juan Fernando Reina
Jaime Eduardo Gordillo
Juan David Vega
Jimy Andres Ospina
Julian Mauricio Echeverri
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Vega Cardona, John Jairo
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    • GPHYSICS
    • G01MEASURING; TESTING
    • G01DMEASURING NOT SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR A SPECIFIC VARIABLE; ARRANGEMENTS FOR MEASURING TWO OR MORE VARIABLES NOT COVERED IN A SINGLE OTHER SUBCLASS; TARIFF METERING APPARATUS; MEASURING OR TESTING NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • G01D4/00Tariff metering apparatus
    • G01D4/002Remote reading of utility meters
    • G01D4/004Remote reading of utility meters to a fixed location
    • YGENERAL TAGGING OF NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS; GENERAL TAGGING OF CROSS-SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
    • Y02TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
    • Y02BCLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION TECHNOLOGIES RELATED TO BUILDINGS, e.g. HOUSING, HOUSE APPLIANCES OR RELATED END-USER APPLICATIONS
    • Y02B90/00Enabling technologies or technologies with a potential or indirect contribution to GHG emissions mitigation
    • Y02B90/20Systems integrating technologies related to power network operation and communication or information technologies mediating in the improvement of the carbon footprint of the management of residential or tertiary loads, i.e. smart grids as enabling technology in buildings sector
    • Y02B90/24Smart metering mediating in the carbon neutral operation of end-user applications in buildings
    • Y02B90/241Systems characterised by remote reading
    • Y02B90/242Systems characterised by remote reading from a fixed location
    • YGENERAL TAGGING OF NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS; GENERAL TAGGING OF CROSS-SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
    • Y04INFORMATION OR COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES HAVING AN IMPACT ON OTHER TECHNOLOGY AREAS
    • Y04SSYSTEMS INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGIES RELATED TO POWER NETWORK OPERATION, COMMUNICATION OR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES FOR IMPROVING THE ELECTRICAL POWER GENERATION, TRANSMISSION, DISTRIBUTION, MANAGEMENT OR USAGE, i.e. SMART GRIDS
    • Y04S20/00Systems supporting the management or operation of end-user stationary applications, including also the last stages of power distribution and the control, monitoring or operating management systems at local level
    • Y04S20/30Smart metering
    • Y04S20/32Systems characterised by remote reading
    • Y04S20/322Systems characterised by remote reading from a fixed location

Abstract

The invention generally relates to systems, methods and devices that are used to: take measurements, quality indicators and prevention indicators from the device; offer usage prepayment options; suspend and reconnect public utilities, such as water, electrical power, residential gas or any other public utility; and, in addition, control commercial and/or distribution losses instantly and automatically in residential public utility companies. The invention also relates to the real-time transmission and reception of data between the user and the relevant public utility company. More specifically, the invention relates to an integral fluid control and measurement system.

Description

System, method and device for fluid management of public service

Field of the Invention

The present invention relates generally to systems, methods and devices for measuring, taking quality indicators, taking prevention indicators concentrating device, to options prepay consumption, reconnect and suspend public services, whether, aqueduct, electricity and domestic gas, or other utilities and also control instantly and automatically distribution losses and / or commercial companies public utilities. Furthermore, the invention relates to transmitting and receiving data to and from the user in real time to and from the relevant utility company. In particular it is an integral measuring system and fluid control.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

In a globalized world where companies require agility in the process, timeliness of information, competitiveness and profitability, you need to be at the forefront in the use of computer technology as a support for the administration and resource management. In addition, it is essential to have information, preferably online, enabling the best business relationship with their end customers, to identify and meet their needs and expectations. Computers, connected through global networks such as the Internet, interactive media, virtual reality and other developments in the area of ​​information technology, radically transformed the notions of time and space and even reality applicable to relations and business activities; therefore a technological development-oriented world, it is very difficult to cope without the technological resources available.

However, today most companies in the public utilities sector use to perform the tasks of connection or installation, disconnection and temporary suspension, reading data, calculations of consumption, settlement, invoicing and collection, manual systems, which do not they are in line with current technological trends.

Companies providing public services in general have not systematized and automated those related to the provision of services processes, such as: Temporary suspension for various reasons, cutting, reconnection, meter reading and review, criticism and verification, settlement, billing and collection. Then they have many limitations in the technical and administrative operation of them performing it as follows:

When the situation of a user who does not pay for your service, then arises, usually a company is hired to carry out the mission of the physical interruption of service to that user. This work should deliver information to the contractor which involves establishing protocols and processes quick and effective communication. In addition, you should do a job zoning or worksheets to perform cutting operations trying to minimize travel times. It must have a fleet of vehicles and effective programming for moving them to places where work is done cutting. It must have equipment and tools, which implies control and storage of items and expensive tools and programs allocation of these tools and equipment to personnel performing physical work. The staff intended to make service cuts should be moved to sites where required to carry out such an operation, and then back to the company. Should be developed subsequently reports the work done and enter the data to databases.

Once the user is updated in payments, then you should proceed to make the reconnection of service which basically involves redeveloping the steps mentioned for the outage.

Operators must be moved with a ladder and necessary tool to each of the houses affected to perform these tasks. If the operation should be performed in a building it is subject to access by the general switchboard.

Most importantly, there is the, usually monthly, periodic task reading of consumption meters of public service provided. In this task, it is vital the accuracy of the data making each meter of each user. Erroneous data can be detrimental to users on the one hand, those who may be affected by excessive charges and elsewhere, companies providing public services, who would be affected by decreasing its inputs versus actual consumption. Thus in the prior art it is wasteful, costly and inefficient task in practice.

Usually, a company contracted to carry out the mission of the physical reading consumption meters each user individually. This work should deliver information to the contractor which involves establishing protocols and processes quick and effective communication. In addition, you should do a job zoning or worksheets for read operations trying to minimize travel times. It must have a fleet of vehicles and effective programming for moving them to places where work is done cutting. The staff to perform the work of reading should be moved to the places where required out out the operation, and then back to the company. Should be developed subsequently reports the work done and enter the data to databases.

The operator must be moved to each of the houses to take reading and enter the information manually to a portable terminal or in some cases record by hand in a form readings.

As already mentioned, the truthfulness and accuracy of information is critical for users and service provider companies, as well as the development of better services. Therefore, once the above processes are completed, an entire strategy of valuation, validation and analysis of information obtained from customers is necessary, including reports of meter readings. These processes are wasteful to perform as it should have on hand historical and statistical information on the behavior of each user or in some cases user sectors. In addition, changes must be verified considered consumption exaggerated, whether consumption has gone up or down, detect errors in reading and fingering the wrong addresses, nonexistent users, etc.

These manual processes involve other constraints that make the provision of services and management control of companies something completely inefficient and unreliable.

Among these limitations is the work schedule. Schedule is subject to the provisions of contracts or technical officials during working hours time. Clearly, this makes programming the different tasks that must be performed to maintain public services under control and efficient.

Also negatively it affects the work the weather. In time winter work was frequently interrupted because under these conditions the staff, sent to the sites must perform the work, you can not perform its function, thus disrupting the programming done with the result of trauma to the service users and the efficiency of the company providing the service, which translates into higher costs.

Another disadvantage that arises is the turnover. Usually the technician assigned to certain routes is aware of them and are familiar with the sites you must come and do the work, therefore when it is replaced by another technician time is wasted on splicing and training. On the other hand, units with personnel in charge of the work in a certain area and the risk of being subjected to undue pressure, manipulation of information and data between clients and officials run are created.

This results in, harm caused economic losses for both companies providing service to users of it. Among the errors that cause inefficiency and lack of trustworthiness and high costs can be named as examples human error in reading, as confusion and inversion of numbers, bad fingering real numbers; disorders portfolio management; mistakes in the values ​​of bills for misreading or typing; flexible billing cycles little; difficulty making cuts in a timely manner; sobrecóseos labor and management, to make reading, manually connect and disconnect a larger number of staff required; non-technical losses such as the increase in thefts, illegal network connections, fraud and manipulation of meters to reduce recorded consumption, obsolete meters high margin of error and / or damaged; users dissatisfied with the inefficiency of the service; user complaint possibility of misreadings; risks of accidents with technical personnel; direct manipulation by the user or different from those authorized by the utilities, for easy access to supply networks persons; long times for reading, connection and disconnection for each of these processes is done manually and independently; reduced working hours five days a week and eight hours a day which limits the work of connection and reconnection read these times and makes longer waiting customer.

On the other hand, the prior art does not allow the implementation of a system for prepaid service delivery.

In view of the difficulties and disadvantages of the large state of the art, there is a need for a system of management of public services such as water supply, electricity or gas that overcomes or at least minimize each of these drawbacks.

Summary of the Invention

The present invention provides an electronic remote management system for measurement, suspension, reconnection and control distribution losses and / or commercial enterprises new public services, which has the characteristics needed to solve the disadvantages and drawbacks mentioned. In particular, the present invention provides an integral measuring system and fluid control further enables suppliers to produce providing this in the form of prepayment. An object of the present invention is to automate all or most of the characteristics of a utility management tasks.

Another objective is to achieve comfort and safety in the main tasks of meter reading, suspension or service reconnection, eliminating or at least reducing substantially offset to the specific sites where it should be read, suspension, reconnection and / or cutting.

A further object of the present invention to provide a system that eliminates the risk of typing errors and data manipulation problems and obtaining information in remote areas classified as substandard or public order. The security is obtained by avoiding the constant manipulation of data using outdated techniques or mechanisms and how quickly can make decisions and actions properly supported. This development leads to a wide range of possibilities, applications and economies open for business.

Electronic remote management system for reading, suspension, reconnection and control of distribution losses and / or commercial enterprises innovative public services, object of the present patent application, radically change the way these activities in the household sector, such as utilities: energy, water, domestic gas and cable television, optimizing physical and monetary resources, obtaining accurate, timely, relevant and real-time data and eliminating the causes of fraud and theft. In addition, it reduces the time between reading and collection and optimizes the activities within the processes of service delivery, eliminating verification tasks readings, validation and criticism made manually, becoming automated tasks done by means computing.

A further object of the present invention will be to achieve greater profitability in the business to recover in less time and cash investment incurred to provide the service companies providing service. This implies major economic and financial benefits, not only for companies that provide public services, but also for users who may have the option of access to their account information in real time and at any time.

Another object of the present invention is to open the possibility of providing a service in prepaid, which is important both for the company providing the service to the end user.

The above and other advantages can be displayed with respect to the following detailed description of embodiments of the present invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The following detailed description of the invention in its various forms is done in conjunction with the following drawings in which:

Figure 1 is a schematic diagram of the system of the present invention, Figure 2 is a schematic diagram of the smart box of the present invention

Figure 3 is a flowchart of managing measurement end user consumption according to the present invention.

4 is a flowchart of managing fluid suspension of the present invention.

5 is a flowchart of management reconnection according to the present invention.

6 is a flowchart of management evaluation of quality of service of the present invention.

7 is a flowchart of the management mode prepaid subscription according to the present invention.

8 is a flowchart of managing prepaid credit mode according to the present invention.

Figure 9 shows how to perform management balance control for managing the service.

10 is a flowchart of the alarm signals of the present invention. DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

The following detailed description of embodiments of the present invention is made in conjunction with the aforementioned drawings wherein the integrated system for measuring and controlling overall fluid proposed, continuing with a description of the various elements and their functions, and then a description is described the method used for performing functions or various proposals steps.

The electronic system for measuring, suspension, reconnection, maintenance, prepaid and consumption control distribution losses and / or commercial companies public utilities allowed to operate the service users remote control lets you control the state each user so remote you can determine the delivery or service. This system has high security features to allow use encoding and encryption of data transmitted between the various elements of the system has control means access to the system elements so as to prevent unauthorized persons have access to - different elements. It also has non-volatile memory means so that the information is not lost in case of power failures, ie some or all elements of the system are seen in a situation of power failure.

Now we begin to describe the operation and detailed constitution of its components and the overall system performance. For ease and clarity of description only take any user designated USX (x can take the value from 1 to n) and a user-related element x, such as SBx, Ndx, etc.

Operators management center originate a request for execution of a task defined above, eg suspension, or as service reconnection fluid supply a user. By fluid is meant electric fluid, gas or other public water service related or linked to supply management fluids - users. Meanwhile the SBL device also has the capability to generate events without direct human intervention as in the case of alarm generation by unauthorized intervention device, for fraud detection, or loss of fluid delivery, among others. It is said then that both the means of management and SBX have the ability to communicate in both directions under the self-shot events scheduled as requested by direct human interaction.

Referring to Figure 1, there is shown a block diagram depicting schematically the electronic system for measuring, suspension, reconnection, maintaining, prepay consumption and loss control distribution and / or commercial companies providing utilities, such as> electricity, water, gas and others, proposed in the present invention.

The system is generally composed of a management center located, for example, a company providing the service supply of a fluid, having data processing means, for example counting means (PCl, PC2, PC3, ... PCn, CDG) said means of calculation can be gross terminals, smart terminals, counting means such as for example PC, handheld computer, PDA or other computing means can have means for storing information whether these "volatile, nonvolatile , removable or fixed such as RAM, ROM, Flash, magnetic media and optical media such as floppy disks, hard disk, CD-ROM rewritable, rewritable DVD and other storage media data, media data processing such as microprocessors , media among which ethernet cards, modems physical or wireless connection such as bluetooth or wi-fi systems and other means of communication n data between computing means; own management means 10, said management means comprise computing means such as for example PC, servers, mainframes or supercomputers or other means of calculation that can be mass data storage, whether volatile, nonvolatile, removable or fixed as for example RAM, ROM, Flash, magnetic media and optical media such as floppy disks, hard disk, CD-ROM rewritable, rewritable DVD and other storage media data, media data processing such as microprocessors, media between which they are ethernet cards, MODEMs physical or wireless connection such as WiFi or bluetooth systems and other means of data communication between computing means; means interconnecting network 20 interconnecting the management center with different means of intelligent control of service for each individual user, said interconnecting means can be, without limitation, LAN, WAN, Internet networks or other means interconnection of physical or wireless connection; means intelligent control fluid (SBL, SB2, SB3, ... SBn) (See Figure 2) that can be used in a fluid distribution network as master or slave Control, where SBx (The symbology used SBx for purposes of simplifying the description representing any of the SBL, SB2,.. .sbn) master controls a distribution node and slave SBx controls a group of end users receiving the service. These intelligent control means fluid comprises media with control channels and data 121, 120 where they travel data required for the various processes management, media data input 122 including an input port 123 and a decoder 125, control means 126 where processes • calculation among data pertaining to the various management processes, including a port input 127, media data processing or CPU 128, storage media programs in memory are performed 129 including but not limited to non-volatile memories such as EPROM or EEPROM, where a set of instructions that make up the instruction means computer-readable firmware, BIOS or program storage medium data 130 including nonvolatile memories reside type ROM, EPROM, EEPROM without limitation to these, data output means 132 include one or more output ports 13 3, 136, 137, expansion means 134 to include additional functions that include one or more expansion ports 135, media capture 124 data related to security and own said smart media SBx controlling variables, these data are used to monitor behavior and inner workings SBX and determine if there are attempts to rape SBX by external factors, such as an unauthorized opening of a given SBX reading means consumption data of fluid 131 that capture data from an interface Reading. Said reading means 131 have ability to read data on a node Ndx distribution or an end user. When SBx as a master then reads consumption by Ndx, whereas when the SBx is used as slave then the reading means 131 consists of several reading devices so that each reading consumer data from a user USX, interface means between control and the fluid supplied 138 so as to carry out operations such as suspension or service reconnection, said interface means 138 includes the example, power switches in case of power failure, electromagnetically controlled valves in case the fluid is water or gas, or any other device having the function of closing or opening the fluid passage in question, said interface is connected to the distribution node Ndx in the case of SBx master or each end user USX in the case of a SBx used as a slave. The system described briefly works coordinated by media (software) readable instructions computer to achieve perform various steps as a management consumption measurement of a user, management of suspension of service provided to a user management service reconnection, management control over the quality of service frequency and duration management payment prepaid for a service management to control credit situation user management control and balance losses in the service and management control of undesired events generating alarms.

MANAGEMENT consumption measurement In the case of application consumption measuring end user manual USX an event occurs or programmed nature initiated by an operator via the processing means PCx in the management center. In Figure 3, in step 211 an operator makes a request to perform a task PCx consumption measuring fluid in a USX to own management means 10. In step 212 own management means 10 obtains its database identification and validation of USX and establishes communication with the slave SBx that controls the user USX through them media and the interconnecting means 20. in step 213, the SBx receives the request sent by the center management and proceeds to read data stored in the memory 130 related to the previous consumption within a set time and performs a current measurement by the reading means 131 and the interface reading the desired end USX, then calculates the current consumption according media instructions or software developed for this management. Then, in step 214, the SBx generates a result of calculations in the CPU 128 and then encode the data in step 215 delivers these results using mean data output 132 by data channels 120 and media via interconnecting means 20, the own management means 10. in step 216, the own management means 10 updates its database and deliver a report to the operator by PCx for respective management eg generate monthly billing for services rendered.

MANAGEMENT suspension of service for the event or event it becomes necessary to suspend the service supply fluid to a USX, for reasons of, for example, nonpayment of their previous bills, then an event manual nature occurs or scheduled initiated by an operator via the processing means PCx in the management center. In Figure

4, in step 221 an operator makes a request for performing a task PCx suspension fluid supply to a USX to own management means 10. In step 222 own management means 10 obtains its base data identification and validation of the respective USX and establishes communication with the slave SBx USX controlling the user through the media and the interconnecting means 20. in step 223, the SBx receives the request sent by the management center and identifies the USX you want to suspend and proceeds to read the data stored in the memory 130 associated with that USX. Once the user USX identified, the respective SBx, in step 224, sends an action order suspension by the output means 132 using a port appropriate output 133, 136 or 137 to the interface 138 which in step 225 actuates the respective service interruption fluid supply to USX.

RECONNECT MANAGEMENT

In the case or event that USX who had been suspended him fluid supply and, for example, took action and paid his bill backward and ask him reconnect, then an event manual nature occurs or scheduled initiated by an operator via the processing means PCx in the management center. In Figure

5, in step 231 an operator makes a request for performing a task PCx reconnection of supply fluid to a USX to own management means 10. In step 232 own management means 10 obtains its base data identification and validation of the respective USX and establishes communication with the slave SBx USX controlling the user through the media and the interconnecting means 20. in step 233, the SBx receives the request sent by the management center and identifies the USX to which you want to reconnect and proceeds to read the data stored in the memory 130 associated with that USX. Once the user USX identified, the respective SBx, in step 234, sends an action order reconnection by the output means 132 using a port appropriate output 133, 136 or 137 to the interface 138 which in step 235 actuates the respective service reconnect fluid supply to USX.

MANAGEMENT VERIFICATION AND QUALITY CONTROL OF FREQUENCY AND DURATION SERVICE

The system of the present invention has the ease of obtaining quickly and efficiently and reliable information on the quality of service delivery by determining stops the service measuring and storing in the master SBx and slaves the frequency information and the duration of such failures can be addressed maintenance and service restoration promptly improving quality. 6 shows a flowchart representing said management within the system of the present invention. In step 241 the operator using the processing means PCx in the management center makes a request for verification of the quality of service. Then in step 242, the own management means 10 communicates with the relevant SBx sending a requisition. In the next step 243, the answers that SBx requisitioning and reads the data stored in memory 129 and determines in step 244 whether data frequency cuts consumption during a specified time. In the event that did not exist or a cut in the service, then SBX delivers a result own management means 10 in step 246, which is read by the operator and used by the company providing the service . On the other hand in the event that there are cuts in the service, at step 245 the SBx calculates the frequency and duration of the cuts and then proceeds to step 246 aforementioned delivering results to the specific management means 10 using the interconnection means 20.

7 FERTILIZER MANAGEMENT PREPAID CREDIT AVAILABLE

A user can make a prepaid subscription to buy the service for a while. In this case the operator PCx ​​generated from a request for subscription to the own management means 10 at step 251 in Figure 7. The management center makes a query to the database client in said managing center in step 252. after obtaining the data prepaid payment then proceeds to step 253 where the own management means 10 makes a request for access to the transmission means. This request two events, step 254. First, the response to this request can be no communication then proceeds to step 255 in which this application enters queue (FIFO stands for first may occur coming first out) and returns to step 253 and 254, this cycle being repeated until communication is granted. Once the communication at step 254 is granted, then proceeds to step 256 to donate an update request of credit record found in the storage means 130 of the control means 126 corresponding to USX SBx becomes. To this request two events may occur in step 257. One of the events is a bug that prevents the correct recording of the update. When this happens, at step 258 sends SBX registration status with error management center which ends this procedure and is in charge of the company providing the service make the necessary corrections. The other events is the correct registration update which gives two possibilities at step 259. If the USX is connected to the service, simply continues in that condition and ends at USX management. If the user has suspended then service a request for reconnection it is generated as explained for the management in particular so that the service reconnection is achieved by USX by actuating the power interface 138 SBx and ends this management.

MANAGEMENT OF CREDIT CHECK prepay

Figure 8 shows a flow chart summarizing the main steps of the management control over the credit status of a USX shown. In step 271 it is given to start an application, possibly in own management means 10 or from the SBx to make a diagnosis of the state of credit. At step 272 an activation request SBX mode is prepaid and records storage media 130 SBX in terms of fees are read. In step 273 a calculation of the consumption register that USX against the applicable rate is made as it was read in the previous stage. This value is compared with credit that USX have registered. From this comparison, two events occur in step 274. In an event, the credit is not greater than $ 0, oo. This situation generates a request to the outage control and power interface 138 which proceeds to cut the service in step 275. USX management continues back to step 273 repeating the cycle whenever the event a lower credit $ 0, oo. The other event is that the credit is greater than $ 0, oo then proceeds to step 276 to service activation. Continues at step 277 where consumption is read and in step 278 this consumption reading is compared to the consumption in the record storage means 130 SBx for USX. If the reading log is superior to read consumption management process returns to step 211. In the case where the register read is less consumption read then continues to step 279 where the rebate credit is made, decreasing the registry value in the storage media consumption value. Now a comparison of credit against the value 0 in step 280. If the case is made is that credit is not less than 0, the process continues at step 275 by making a request outage. If the case is greater than 0 credit is passed to step 281 where a request for reconnection to the power control interface 138 and is made and ends management.

MANAGEMENT CONTROL AND BALANCE MACRO BEHAVIOR OF SERVICE

Multi-user consumption can also be measured using a SBx master node level for this purpose, which is the basis for determining distribution losses and / or commercial. 9 shows a flow chart showing the steps and calculations to determine the general behavior of the service. The SBx node teachers who totaled a group can be strategically placed in the network so that it possible to target the source of losses in the fluid. In step 291, the total fluid consumption of the sector that is to be considered CMN read. In step 292 the difference between the read previous CMn_χ CMn and stored in the storage means 130 of the master SBx is calculated. In step 293 for each user consumption Cuxn is read and in step 294 the differences of the read address stored in the Cux 130 n is calculated - CuX n - X. In step 295 the sum of all user consumption is calculated in step 296 and the CM is compared with the sum of the individual consumptions of the previous stage. Exiting comparing both data are equal then a report balance correct fluid consumption generated and sent to the own management means 10 using the transmission media mentioned above. If instead both data are different loss a report is generated and sent to equally own management 10. This way you can be controlling this management periodically obtaining useful data to the company providing the service that allow you to find failure, fluid loss and theft and determine where this happens.

In the middle management individual and group consumption read from each SB are stored, which allows statistics, reviews and monitoring measures and generating reports that are requested by the customer. MANAGEMENT CONTROL AND MAINTENANCE

With maintenance functionality behavioral variables element that concentrates service users, allowing calculate and store the different states and behaviors of that element that will enable service providers to generate predictive programs and / or corrective supply stored from service .

The behavior of supply and actuators of SBx verified through the input port 127 which by means of analog-digital interfaces own control unit and processing CI2 recorded values ​​of external variables verifying valid ranges for the same or generating alarms to the management means the establishment of communication which involved the same elements.

10 shows a flowchart of the steps of this management starts with trigger or not an alarm in step 300. If no alarm checks whether records lists teéfonos causing the alarm at step 301 there . in step 302 if an event is is passed to step 303 where a record is created opening and then in step 304 a request for generation of ships. own alarm management means 10. Steps 305 to 311. basically show the process of telephone communication for sending the information required to own management means 10 and can take appropriate action by the company providing the service . The present invention has been described by means of a preferred embodiment. should not be construed as limiting the description of the present invention but for purposes of giving understanding spirit of the invention. Those skilled in the art can, after reading the present disclosure, display changes and modifications and applications that do not depart from the scope and spirit of the present invention which is only limited by the scope of the appended claims.

Claims

What is claimed
1. An electronic system for the control and implementation of steps in fluid systems utilities characterized by consisting essentially of • data processing means (PCl, PC2, PC3, ... PCn, CDG); own management means 10; network interface means 20 interconnecting the management center with different means of intelligent service control for each individual user; means intelligent control fluid (SBL, SB2, SB3, ... SBn) that can be used in a fluid distribution network as master or slave Control, wherein the master control means controls a smart distribution node and through intelligent control slave controls a group of end users receiving the service;
This system works coordinated by media (software) readable instructions computer to achieve a method for performing various steps as a management consumption measurement of a user, management of suspension of service provided to a user management service reconnection , management control over the quality of service frequency and duration management payment prepaid for a service management to control credit situation user management control and balance losses in the service management and control of unwanted events generating alarms.
2. The electronic system of claim 1 wherein the management center located, for example, a company providing the service supply of a fluid, comprising means of processing data, for example computer means (PCl, PC2, PC3, ... PCn, CDG) said means of calculation can be gross terminals, smart terminals, counting means such as for example PC, handheld computer, PDA or other computing means can have storage means are such volatile, nonvolatile, removable or fixed such as RAM, ROM, Flash, magnetic media and optical media such as floppy disks, hard disk, CD-ROM rewritable, rewritable DVD and other storage media data, media data processing as such as microprocessors, media among which ethernet cards, modems physical or wireless connection such as bluetooth or wi-fi systems and other me God data communication between computing means.
3. The system according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that said own management means (10), said management means comprise computer means such as for example PC, servers, mainframes or supercomputers or other computing means can have media data storage, whether volatile, nonvolatile, removable or fixed such as RAM, ROM, Flash, magnetic media and optical media such as floppy disks, hard disk, CD-ROM rewritable, rewritable DVD and other storage media data processing means data such as microprocessors, media among which are ethernet, MODEMS physical or wireless connection cards as Wi-fi or bluetooth systems and other means of data communication between computing means.
4. The system according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that said interconnection network (20) interconnecting the management center with different means of intelligent control of service for each individual user, said interconnecting means can be, not limited to, LAN, WAN, Internet or other physical means of interconnection networks or wireless connection.
5. The system according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that said smart control fluid (SBL, SB2, SB3, ... SBn) can be used in a fluid distribution network as master or slave Control in where the average intelligent master controller controls a distribution node and the average intelligent control slave controls a group of end users receiving the service.
6. The system according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that said smart control of fluid media comprise channels and control data (121, 120) where data travel required for different management processes, means input (122) including an input port (123) and a decoder (125), control means (126) where processes calculations between relevant data are made to the various management processes, including a input port data (127), media data processing or CPU (128), media program storage memory (129) it is including but not limited to non-volatile memories such as EPROM or EEPROM, wherein a set resides instructions that make up the instruction means computer-readable firmware, BIOS or program data storage means (130) including non-volatile memory of the type ROM, EPRO M, EEPROM without limitation to these, means data output (132) including one or more output ports (133, 136, 137), expansion means (134) to include additional features including one or more ports expansion (135), data capture means (124) related to security and proper to said means intelligent control variables
(SBx), these data are used to monitor the performance and operation of said internal smart control means (SBx) and to determine whether there is violation attempts by external factors, such as an intrusion of an intelligent control means
(SBx) determined, and means for reading data consumer fluid (131) that captures data from an interface read, said reading means (131) has one or more reading devices so that each read data consumption of a user (USX), interface means between control and the supplied fluid (138) so that it can perform operations such as suspension or service reconnection, said interface means (138) include example, switches power in the case of electricity, electromagnetically controlled in the case where the fluid is water or gas, or any other device having the function of closing or opening the fluid passage concerned valves, said interface is connected to the distribution node (Ndx) in the case of intelligent master control means or each end user (USX) in the case of intelligent control means used as a slave.
7. The system of any one of the preceding claims characterized in that said public services that can be controlled by the system services are electricity supply, water, gas or other fluid that requires to be controlled as to its supply .
8. A method for the control and implementation of steps in fluid systems utilities characterized by using computer readable instructions by said instruction providing management options such as management measuring consumption of a user, management of suspension of service provided to a user management service reconnection, management control over the quality of service frequency and duration management payment prepaid for a service management to control credit situation user management control and balance losses in the service and management control of undesired events generating alarms.
9. The method for the control and implementation of steps in fluid systems utility of claim 8 characterized in that said management measuring consumption of a user comprising the steps of producing an event manual nature or programmed initiated by an operator means of processing means PCx in the management center, make a request from the computing means (PCx) for performing a measurement task fluid consumption of a particular user (USX) to the management center (10), the management center 10 obtains from the database the identification and validation of said user (USX) and establishes communication with the means intelligent control slave (SBx) controlling said user (USX) using media and media interconnection (20), said means intelligent control (SBx) receive the request sent by the management center (10) and proceeds to read data stored in the memory (130) related to the previous consumption within a set time and performs a current measurement by the reading means (131) and the interface reading said user (USX) desired end, then calculates the current consumption according to the instruction means or software developed for the management then means intelligent control (SBx) generate results of its calculations' made in mass data processing or CPU 128 and then encode the data delivers these results using the media data output (132) for data channels (120) and media via the interconnecting means (20), the own management means (10), proper management means (10) update their database and deliver a report to the operator by means of calculation (PCx) for their respective management for example, generate monthly billing for services rendered.
10. The method for the control and implementation of steps in fluid systems utility of claim 8 characterized in that said management suspension of service provided to a user comprising the following steps:
In the case or event it becomes necessary to suspend operation fluid supply to a particular user (USX), for reasons of, for example, nonpayment of their previous bills, then an event manual nature occurs or scheduled initiated by an operator via the processing means (PCx) in the management center, an operator makes a request by the processing means (PCx) to perform a task suspension fluid supply to an end user (USX) to own management means (10), said own management means (10) obtained from its database the identification and validation of said user (USX) respective and establishes communication with the means intelligent control slave (SBx) controlling the user (USX) through the media and the interconnecting means (20), now, said means intelligent control (SBx) receives the request sent by the own management means (10) and identifies the user (USX) that you will want to suspend and proceeds to read the data stored in the memory (130) associated with said user (USX), once identified the user (USX), said means intelligent control (SBx) respective sends an action order suspension by the output means (132) using one of the ports of the appropriate output (133, 136 or 137) to the interface (138) which actuates the respective service interruption fluid supply the user (USX).
11. The method for the control and implementation of steps in fluid systems utility of claim 8 characterized in that said management service reconnect comprises the steps of:
In the case or event where a user (USX) who had been suspended him fluid supply and, for example, took action and paid his bill backward and ask him reconnect, then an event manual nature occurs or scheduled initiated by an operator via the processing means (PCx) in the management center, wherein an operator makes a request by said processing means (PCx) to perform a task of reconnecting the supply of fluid to a user (USX) to own management means (10), said own management means (10) obtained from its database the identification and validation of user (USX) respective and establishes communication with the means intelligent control (SBx) slave controlling the user (USX) through the media and the interconnecting means (20), then said means intelligent control (SBx) receive the request sent by the management center and identifies the user; io (USX) which is to reconnect and proceeds to read the data stored in the memory (130) associated with said user (USX), once the user (USX) identified, said means intelligent control (SBx) respective ships an order of action reclosing the outlet means (132) using one of the ports of the appropriate output (133, 136 or 137) to the interface (138) which then actuates the respective service reconnect fluid supply to the user (USX).
12. The method for the control and implementation of steps in fluid systems utility of claim 8 characterized in that said management control over the quality of service frequency and duration comprising the steps of:
The operator using the processing means (PCx) in the management center makes a request for verification of the quality of service to the own management means (10), then said own management means (10) communicate with the means control 'intelligent (SBx) relevant sending a requisition, said means intelligent control (SBx) respond to the requisitions and reads the data stored in the memory (130) and determines whether data frequency of cuts in consumption during a period specified time in the event that it did not exist or a cut in the service, then the means intelligent control (SBx) delivers a result to proper management means (10) which is read by the operator and used by the company providing the service, on the other hand in the event that there are cuts in the service, said means intelligent control (SBx) calculates the frequency and duration of cuts and then delivers the results to the specific management means (10) using the interconnection means (20).
13. The method for the control and implementation of steps in fluid systems utility of claim 8 characterized in that said management prepaid payment for a service comprising the steps of:
In the management center, an operator generated from the processing means (PCx) a request for credit to own management means (10), the management center makes a query to the database client in said management center once obtained data fertilizer prepaid then own management means (10) makes a request for access to the transmission means, in response to this request two events can occur, first, the response to this request can be a non-communication time this application enters queue and returns to step of making a request to the transmission means, this cycle being repeated until communication is granted, once communication is given an application is update credit record found in the storage media (130) of the control means (126) intelligent control means (SBx) for the user (USX) objective, to this request two events, one event is an error that prevents proper registration update when this happens, means intelligent control (SBx) sends registration status with error management center where ends can happen this procedure and is in charge of the company providing the service to make the necessary corrections, the other of the events is the correct registration update which gives two possibilities to the user (USX), if the user (USX) is connected to the service, simply continues in this condition and terminates the management, if the user has suspended service then a request for reconnection is generated as explained for the management in particular, so that reconnection is achieved service to said user (USX) by actuating the power interface (138) of the intelligent control means (SBx) and ends this management.
14. The method for the control and implementation of steps in fluid systems utility of claim 8 characterized in that said management to control credit status of the user comprises the steps of:
an application starts, possibly in own management means (10) or from a means of intelligent control (SBx) to make a diagnosis of credit status, then an activation request medium intelligent control (SBx) is sent in prepaid mode and records in the storage means (130) through intelligent control (SBx) regarding fares are read, now a calculation of consumption recording that user (USX) against the applicable rate is effected as read in the preceding step, this value is compared with the credit user (USX) has registered this comparison, there are two events in an event, the credit is not greater than $ 0, oo, this situation creates a request cutting the service and power control interface (138) proceeds to cut the service user (USX), management continues back to step reading consumption register and repeating the cycle rate applicable always q ue the event a lower credit $ 0, oo, the other event, is that the credit is greater than $ 0, oo then passed service activation, then consumption is read and this consumption reading is compared with the consumption stored in the register of the storage means (130) through intelligent control (SBx) for said user (USX), if the log reading exceeds the read consumption management process returns to the previous step of reading consumption (277), in the case where the register read is less consumption read then continues the process to make the discount credit, reducing the registry value in the storage means (130) for the user (USX) by consumption value, now a comparison of credit against the value 0 is, if the case is that credit is not less than 0, the process continues to make a request of outage, if the case is greater than 0 credit pa sa to make a request for reconnection to the power and control interface (138) and ends the process.
15. The method for the control and implementation of steps in fluid systems utility of claim 8 characterized in that said management control and balance losses in the service comprising the steps of:
The SBx master node totaling a certain group of users that can be strategically placed in the network so that it possible to target the source of losses in the fluid consumption of total fluid in the sector that is to be considered (CMN) is read , then the difference between the macro consumption (CMn) read and macro consumption (CMn.i) above stored in the storage means (130) through intelligent control (SBx) master is then calculated consumption is read for each user (Cuxn) and differences of the reading against the stored in the storage means (130) (Cux n - CuX n - I) is calculated, then the sum of all loads user is calculated and consumption compared macro (CM) with the sum of the individual consumption of the previous stage, if the comparison goes both data are equal then a report of consumption balance correct fluid is generated and sent to the own management means (10) utili Zando transmission means mentioned above, on the contrary, both data are different a report loss is generated and fed equally to the own management means (10), thus can be controlling this management periodically obtaining useful data the company providing the service that allow you to find faults, fluid loss and theft and determine where this happens.
16. The method for the control and implementation of steps in fluid systems utility of claim 8 characterized in that said management control undesirable events generating alarms comprising the steps of:
It starts with the shot or not an alarm, if alarm is checked whether records lists events that trigger the alarm if you find any event there is going to create a record opening and then a generation request is sent alarm own management means (10) for the media and interconnection (20), and basic communications (305 to 311) are set to achieve send the required information to the own management means (10) and take appropriate measures by the company providing the service.
17. An intelligent electronic device for the control and implementation of steps in fluid systems comprising utilities media channels and control data (121, 120) where data travel required for different management processes, means input (122) including an input port (123) and a decoder (125), control means (126) where processes calculations between relevant data are made to the various management processes, including a input port data (127), media data processing or CPU (128), media program storage memory (129) it is including but not limited to non-volatile memories such as EPROM or EEPROM, wherein a set resides instructions that make up the instruction means computer-readable firmware, BIOS or program data storage means (130) including non-volatile memory of the type ROM, EPRO M, EEPROM without limitation to these, means data output (132) including one or more output ports (133, 136, 137), expansion means (134) to include additional features including one or more ports expansion (135), media data capture (124) related to security and characteristics of such intelligent control means (SBx) variables, these data are used to monitor the behavior and internal workings of the intelligent control means (SBx) and to determine whether there is violation attempts by external factors, such as an unauthorized opening of a given intelligent control means (SBx), and means for reading data consumer fluid (131) that captures data from an interface reading said reading means (131) has one or more reading devices so that each consumer reads data from a user (USX), interface means between control and the supplied fluid (138) so that they can perform operations such as suspension or service reconnection, said interface means (138) include as an example, power switches in case of electricity, electromagnetically controlled in the case where the fluid is water or gas valves, or any other device having the function of closing or opening the fluid passage in question, said interface is connected to the distribution node (Ndx) in the case of means of intelligent master control or each end user (USX) in the case of a intelligent control means used as a slave.
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